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An image of The sacrifice of Polyxena by Pietro Aquila, after Pietro da Cortona

Pietro Aquila

(Italy 1650 – 1692)

after Pietro da Cortona

(Italy 1596 – 1669)

The sacrifice of Polyxena
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43.8 x 62.6 cm platemark (irreg.); 51.0 x 76.1 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1979
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Polyxena, daughter of King Priam of Troy and Hecabe, was taken by Agamemnon after the fall of Troy. She was sacrificed on the Thracian coast to appease the ghost of Achilles and to ensure fair weather and safe sailing.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 6. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (2)

Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

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